QantasLink Takes To The Field WIth Newcastle Knights

Newcastle, 19 February 2002

QantasLink today announced its status as Official Airline and naming rights sponsor of the Newcastle Knights rugby league team for season 2002.

General Manager Eastern Australia Airlines, which operates QantasLink services to Newcastle, Ashley Kilroy, said the airline was proud to be supporting the QantasLink Newcastle Knights.

"The QantasLink Newcastle Knights are the reigning NRL premiers and one of rugby league's best loved teams, with a committed supporter base throughout Newcastle and the Hunter Valley," Mr Kilroy said.

"QantasLink has been committed to the Newcastle region for the past 20 years and our sponsorship of the QantasLink Newcastle Knights is a natural extension of that relationship.

"Over the past two decades, QantasLink has been a strong supporter of regional development and tourism within Newcastle and the Hunter as a member of the Hunter Region Tourism Association. The airline supports many local business, community and sporting organisations."

Qantas and QantasLink have a strong tradition of support for sporting events and organisations throughout Australia including the Australian Rugby Union, Australian Football League, Australian Swimming, Soccer Australia, Tennis Australia and Netball Australia as well as many individual athletes.

Announcement of the QantasLink Newcastle Knights sponsorship deal follows Qantas' sponsorship of the team's World Cup Challenge campaign to England earlier this year.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2631)